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|Length: 187 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 10 - 15|
|Grade Level: 5th - 10th|
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However, both of us became slowly discouraged as the story progressed. Specifically, Freedom's mom has a frequently negative attitude that rubbed me as disrespectful and depressing. Also, her father's drinking is off-putting. It seemed like every chapter ended on a down note. This is not exactly the type of mood either of us want to be in when we're heading to sleep, and eventually, by the time we'd finished Chapter 7 (out of 18) we stopped reading it together, finding ourselves gravitating to other reads.
Recognizing these story elements are not only real life, but generally handled fairly well by the author, I did encourage my daughter to finish the book in her own time during the day. She did so, but was not enthusiastic about it when she finished. I, too, found the remainder of the story to be somewhat lackluster. Not bad at all, just not as encouraging as the other children's books we favor.
Apart from Freedom's struggle for gender equality on the playground, there are a lot of other things playing out here as well. Freedom's father is a drinker, and the times when she is disappointed by a father she so idolizes are sensitively and accurately portrayed. One of the most powerful moments in the book is when Freedom asks her mother if her father is a drunk and her mother is forced to answer yes. Freedom is witness to parental fights, and her father's struggle towards recovery. What is always clear throughout the family's struggles is that they all love each other dearly.
Poverty plays a role in this heartfelt story as well as the politics of the time. The author does a great job of setting the scene and transporting the reader back to a time when Communists were behind every corner and beehive hairdos were all the rage. It's a fascinating glimpse into history, and if this adult reader spotted a few inconsistencies, they were nothing that would detract from the story for the average young reader. The author's deft handling of significant emotional issues and family dynamics, the complete character development for all characters involved, and dialogue that just sings all mark this as an enthusiastic recommend for kids ages 10-12.
Boy, was I wrong. I may have technically read this in one sitting, but I was darn near the end before I realized nothing much had happened and what had happened had in no way touched me. Despite its happy ending, I look back at this story with "what a sad little book".
And this is a story that should have worked. Freedom is a little girl growing up in Idaho Falls. Her mother is pregnant with a third baby, her father is an alcoholic, and her little brother is always getting her into trouble. Adding to this drama is the fact her best friend is no longer her friend and she desperately wants to enter a marble competition. Unfortunately, these story lines are not explored to their best benefit and Freedom's life just putters along as she stoically tells of events. The marble competition? Pretty much in the background. Her father's alcoholism and her parents' faltering marriage? Just sad, and not very well dealt with as far as storytelling is concerned.
I do like Freedom's voice and much can be said about Ms. Blake's writing, but that's about it. Other than Freedom, the other characters' were undeveloped. The storytelling was a little too meandrous without the charm that can be attached to such style.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Freedom is a young lady with a stressful home life. Her father is an alcoholic, her mother is pregnant, her brother is troublesome, and money is an issue. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MS
This book was shocking and meaningful at the end when it said that thing about having done something to provide another, it really all came together!Published 15 months ago by john begley
LOVED this book!!! A wonderful slice of life from the '50's when life was truly different than it is now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very cute! I loved how the Marble Queen pursued her passion.Published 19 months ago by Gettin' in Shape
I like this book because I like the outline and I think it teaches you winning isn't the point the point is to have fun and enjoy it.
The marble queen is the best book EEEEVVVVVEEEEERRRRR. YOU HAVE T OK READ IT! Stephanie j blake is amazing !Published on January 16, 2014 by john conetta
Freedom Jane McKenzie is a really great, honest and strong character. I enjoyed following her quest to be come the Marble King (or Queen). Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by AmyQOTWF
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